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  • Paisley

    Hi, hi! Welcome to Wednesday! How is your week going? I'm having a great one! I took a few days off this week just for a well needed break and have spent time with my BFF who is in town. We went shopping for things for my new little house that I'll move into at the end of the month; so fun! I haven't taken much time to paint my nails but I did paint this one. 

    I've had this Picture Polish shade for a while and swatched it but hadn't used it for any art until now. I really like how this turned out! I added the turquoise sparkle on top to give it a little something extra. I need to remember this one because it would be doable in many colors! And I don't think you can ever go wrong with a paisley design.

    I hope you have a great rest of the day! Halfway to the weekend!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Picture Polish - Tango

    Konad - Black

    Julep - Portia

    MoYou Londond Fashionista Plate - 11

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Auntie Ems

    Happy weekend everyone!! I've been absent for a bit...sorry about that. I've had a super busy couple of weeks and this week has been full of excitement because I'm officially an aunt! My brother and sister-in-law brought an incredible baby boy into the world yesterday! I have never been a baby person but oh-my-goodness am I head over heels! His name is Abdiel. It means "Servant of God" in Hebrew. So, I know this isn't a nails pic, but here I am holding Abdiel, a blessing to our family. 

    So, night before last, as I was hoping and waiting for news of Abdiel's arrival, I did the best thing I could think of...painted my nails, of course! So here's a special mani for an incredibly special occasion.

    Well, there you have it! I hope you like this as much as I do! Even though the base color is called Midsummer Night, it really looks festive with the rose gold stamped design and glitter! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm hoping to spend more time with my sweet nephew.

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast base Coat

    Cirque - Midsummer Night

    Essie - Penny Talk

    Julep - Diamond Theory

    Pueen Stamping Plate - 61

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • MoYou Rainbow Contest Part I

    Hello, hello! How are you? I've been a bit absent lately...sorry about that. I've had more long days at work but I decided to participate in MoYou London's Rainbow Contest on Instagram. Each day has a differnt color for the theme and a MoYou London stamping plate must be used. Here's part one of my posts. It's been a fun challenge for sure!

    Monday: Red

    I used Picture Polish's Scarlett and stamped with Sally Hansen's Rapid Dry Grease Lightening. This is an image from MoYou London's Explorer 03 plate.

    Tuesday: Orange

    I chose Enchanted Polish's May 2014 for the base, Konad White for stamping, China Glaze Papaya Punch for the dots and the MoYou Sailor 03 plate for the image.

    Wednesday: Yellow

    I wasn't so sure about the yellow day so I chose to layer A England's Morgan Le Fay over Julep's Catrina for a softer look. I used Konad White again to stamp an image from the Pro 07 stamping plate.

    Thursday: Green

    I've collected a few green polishes over the past several months which is good because Enchanted Polish's March 2014 and A England's St. George are perfect together! I used an image from the Sailor 03 plate for this one.

    I hope you like my manis inspired by the colors of the rainbow! I'll post part two this weekend! Two of my favorite colors, blue and purple, are up next! Which color is your favorite?

    Have a great evening and I hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  • ILNP | Princess Diaries

    Good evening everyone. How did your Tuesday go? My day felt really long...the kind that would kid me into thinking tomorrow is at least Thursday. Oh well, at least there's always nail polish! I have another ILNP soon-to-be-retired color to show you today. This is another color out of my norm, like the green holo I posted yesterday was, but it's SO PRETTY!!! Here is Princess Diaries.

    I added black and subtle glitter with the dry brush technique to this dreamy pink holo. I am so excited about how this turned out! This look would work with so many color combinations. I think I'll definitely do something similar with a lilac, light blue or even a gold... 

    Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that you are well and that you have a wonderful evening.

    Supplies:

    ILNP - Princess Diaries

    Essie - Licorice 

    Julep - Portia

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter to you! How do you celebrate today? I went to church and spent time with family and later I'll be with family again. It's been a great day! I've had this spring manicure on my mind for quite some time. I painted a fall and winter scene like this so now it's time for spring. The buds are finally braving our still somewhat snowy weather so I decided today was the day to break out this mani!

    I used eight polishes, a fine art brush, dotting tools and a stamp to create the design. It was really fun! I hope you like it too and I hope you have a wonderful afternoon! See you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Llarowe - Zipper

    Konad - Black

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    O.P.I. - The Thrill of Brazil

    O.P.I. - Mod About You

    Essie - Mojito Madness

    Zoya - Eva

    Julep - Catrina

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 28

    Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you and welcome to the last day of February also means it's time for the last February Nail Art Challenge theme: Galaxy!

    So there you have it! I have only painted the galaxy mani one other time and that was over a year ago so I welcomed that theme. It's a little more time consuming so I guess it's not a look I go to often but it sure is fun! I had a great time with the February Nail Art Challenge, though I may wait until April to participate again. 

    I hope you have a fantastic Friday, whatever this day holds for you and thank you so much for swinging by!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Licorice 

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    O.P.I. - Dating A Royal

    Picture Polish - Midnite Meteor

    Julep - Catrina

    Essie - Carry On

    A England - Morgan Le Fay

    A England - Encore Margot

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Chloe + Isabel

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you're doing well. I was recently introduced to Chloe + Isabel jewelry by my friend, Tracy. I was immediately impressed by the creativity, design and quality of the pieces. I’m pretty much a Chloe all the way but I know that c+i has something for everyone. The spring collections have inspired a few of my latest manicures so I thought I'd show you.

    Supplies:

    Julep - Helen

    Essie - Good As Gold

    Julep - Josephine 

    BM Plate - 212

    Crystal Nail Gems

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    Supplies:

    Essie - Tart Deco

    Essie - Naughty Nautical

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    Supplies:

    Essie - For The Twill Of It

    Essie - Set In Stone

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    Chloe + Isabel jewelry can be found at tracyscandi.com. They have pieces at all price points and it's really fun to discover if your style leans more toward Chloe, like mine, or Isabel. I'm sure there will be more c+i inspired manis in the future so I'll be sure to show them to you. I hope you have a great day!

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 17

    Hello, and hi to you! So... I'm going to use the saying, "better late than never" to open this post that I should have published yesterday. :/ Sorry about that. The nail art challenge theme yesterday was "studs". I love different studs for nails so I knew I couldn't miss this one. I chose the simple and perhaps classic with a twist approach (to use a style profile name from Julep). Here it is!

    This is Annemarie from my February Julep Maven box. I was super surprised at how much I like it! It's a very rich color and I think it would go with a lot of skin tones. I hope you're having a great Tuesday and thank you for your support to me sharing my nail art ideas! 

    Supplies:

    Julep - Annemarie 

    Bundle Monster Studs

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 09

    Happy Sunday! Today is the fourth day for the challenge with the theme: Hearts. As I mentioned before about the manicures that are too girly... I'm not normally drawn to them but I guess I've found a way to put my own spin on them and I like that this February challenge has helped me think outside my norm. 

    These are both polishes from my February Julep Maven box. The glitter was a gift to all the Julep Mavens this month, called Love, and is really pretty in person. It seems to be all glitter but it's such a full coverage, shimmer glitter that this is only two coats. I hope you like my version of a hearts mani! 

    Supplies:

    Julep - Greta

    Julep - Love

    Essie - Good As Gold

    Bundle Monster Plate - 317

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 04

    Hey there! How are you today? I hope you're doing well and enjoying your week so far. Today is the second day to paint your nails for the February Nail Art Challenge and today's theme - Polkadots!

    I wanted to do something a little different for the theme so I thought having it all be textured would be fun. I know it's only been two manis so far for the challenge but it's fun to have a theme to go by for a change. Be sure to swing by again soon for the next theme! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Supplies:

    Zoya - Sunshine 

    Julep - Hailee

    Essie - Blue Rhapsody

  • Simple Sparkle

    Hello, hello! How is your week going? Mine seems to be going a bit long but tomorrow is Thursday after all so the weekend is still on its way. :) I have a very simple manicure to show you today. I use the inexpensive sponge eyeshadow applicators to achieve glitter fades so I used the same technique here too.

    I included a blurry picture to show all the sparkle in this glitter. I think this may be my favorite glitter from 2013. I love that there are different sizes and colors and of course prismatic glitter too! This is a pretty simple technique so feel free to have a try. I hope you have a fabulous evening and hopefully see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Picture Polish - Revolution (Glitter Base)

    Essie - Mademoiselle 

    Julep - Beatrix

    Sponge Eyeshadow Applicator

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Modern Houndstooth

    Good evening! I hope you had a good Monday. It's another cold day here...maybe about 20 degrees. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit warmer. I broke out the stamping plates again today and used a classic design in a modern way. 

    I always start with two coats of the base color and then add images over that. I've used houndstooth only one other time but I should use it more. It is so classic!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Julep- Gayle

    A England - Fontyne

    Sephora by O.P.I. - It's Boquet With Me

    Bundle Monster Plate - 322

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Doorways...

    Hi there! It's cold and snowy in my city today so it made for perfect mani weather! :) I've been stamping so much lately that I thought it was time to take the time and tape a manicure this time.

    My experience with nail art began with taping off designs so this method does come naturally to me. It just takes quite a while so I don't go this route as often. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Thanks, as always, for stopping by today. :)

    Supplies:

    A England - Encore Margot

    A England - Galahad

    Julep - Josephine

    Essie - Recessionista

    Nail Tape

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Pop The Bubbly!

    Well hello there and welcome to the last day of the year! I don't know how you feel on this day every year but I'm normally full of mixed emotions. I think of all that the present year has brought me...time with good friends and family and time spent meeting new people...I guess it's a time for me when I reflect on what matters most to me in my life. 

    Well, I can be mushy and reminiscent all day but there is a manicure to get on to. :) I have to give all the credit to my BFF for this color combo! I think sometimes when I look over all my polishes I tend to gravitate toward similar combinations so I was very excited she chose these two! 

    And here is the beautiful mani outside, modeled by my BFF herself! I painted her nails last week and she said these two colors together reminded her of champaign and the glitter are like the bubbles! She has beautiful nails. I wish she lived closer so I could paint them more often.

    I think I've already mentioned this :) but I LOVE this combination! There are all kinds of fun manicures around the internet for NYE right now. It's fun to see all the ideas. I hope that whatever this day brings you, it's a joyous day and that you get to be with those you care for most. Thank you for swinging by. And here's to ringing in the new year!!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Her Rose Adagio

    Julep - Paris

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • One For One

    My very favorite shoe company, well movement rather, is TOMS. I may be a little passionate seeing as I have two pairs of sunglasses and 22 pairs of TOMS shoes...but I truly love the cause! So, because TOMS and nail polish are passions of mine, I happen to be inspired by new pairs of shoes I get for manicure ideas! 

    I LOVE how this turned out! I'm going to have to wear these ballet flats while I have this mani! So fun. If you're new to TOMS in any way, I encourage you to check them out. I have painted two other TOMS inspired manicures so I've put those photos below too. I hope you like this as much as I do! Have a great evening!

    Supplies: 

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Bridal Veil

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 021

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

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    Supplies for the mani inspired by the Woven Women's Paisley Classics:

    O.P.I. - Dating A Royal

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 315

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

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    Supplies for the mani inspired by the Red Polka Dot Linen Ballet Flats:

    Julep - Claudette

    Dotting Tool

    Konad - White

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Glowing Fade...

    You know you have a problem when you stare at a collection of polishes and don't know what to choose... At least that's when I knew I had a problem... ;) Here is a glowing glitter fade with two great polishes. I couldn't decide which of my glitters to use but my BFF chose this one for me.

    I quite like this combo! It definitely seems to glow especially with the multi-colored, multi-sized shades of red glitter faded over the deep gray backdrop. I hope you enjoy!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Clear Base Coat

    Essie - Cashmere Bathrobe

    Julep - Autumn

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Inspired by Autumn

    I was inspired by the beautiful season for this nail art. I used a combination of polishes with the stamping technique on my middle and ring fingers then added dots to create "leaves" with dotting tools.

    Supplies:

    Llarowe - Zipper

    Konad Special Stamping Polish - Black

    Julep - Claudette

    Julep - Catrina

    Essie - Mojito Madness

    Cirque - Mink

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat